FINAL: Georgia 7, MSU 4

The buzz: MSU (13-10, 1-4 SEC) found itself in another early hole but couldn’t climb out of it this time. Georgia (9-14, 1-4) used a five-run fourth inning to stake a 5-1 lead and bumped it to 6-1 in the sixth. MSU clawed back and loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but UGA reliever Cooper Moseley struck out Nick Vickerson and Luke Adkins to end the game and earn his first save of the year. Starter Justin Grimm (2-2) got the win with six innings of work, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Freshman Chris Stratton (2-3) took the loss, yielding four runs on three hits 3.2 innings. He struck out eight but walked three and hit a batter.

Key inning: The fourth, when Stratton was chased. Zach Cone had a leadoff single, and then Stratton hit a batter and issued back-to-back one-out walks to let one run in. After a sac fly RBI by Christian Glisson, Stratton was yanked with two on, and UGA got another bases-loaded walk and a two-run single from Levis Hyams.

Key stats: Stratton threw 81 pitches. Grimm allowed just one hit from the second through fourth innings.

MVP: <strong>Russ Sneed continued to hit well, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He had three hits and three RBIs in Friday’s 9-8 MSU win.

MSU leaders: Vickerson 2-for-5, 2 runs; Jaron Shepherd 1-for-3; Jet Butler 1-for-1.

Georgia leaders: Hyams 2-for-5, 2 RBIs; Peter Verdin 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run.

Bottom line: MSU is young, so this kind of stuff’s going to happen. But the Bulldogs’ offense needs to get on track sooner in the game precisely because a young pitching staff is liable to hit some bumps early in the game. Chad Girodo (1-1, 5.09 ERA), a true freshman, will take the hill tomorrow in place of the injured Nick Routt.

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